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Here’s a revised bio for Jomar Cruz - 

1. “Cruiser” was a tall, athletic, and scrappy Filipino Canadian goalie from The Pas, Manitoba. His mother immigrated to Manitoba from the Philippines for a nursing job, and his father joined his mother shortly thereafter. He was a late starter in hockey and didn’t begin playing until after Squirts. 

2. Jomar was drafted in the 10th round of the @westernhockeyleague Bantam Draft in 1995 for the @bdnwheatkings. He admitted he did “not have a clue” about the importance of being drafted at the time. 

3. He wore gold pads in honor of a former Wheat Kings goalie, Jody Lehman. Over 4 seasons with the Wheat Kings, @tcamericans, and @winterhawks, he recorded a 54-68-9 record. He was also involved in at least two documented goalie fights! 

4. Jomar was the first player of Filipino descent to be drafted by an @nhl team, the @capitals, when he was taken 49th overall in the 1998 Entry Draft. 

5. Jomar’s NHL career was thwarted after he declined the Capitals’ entry level offer. Jomar would go on to play for the @universityofmanitoba and enjoy short pro stops in the minor leagues before retiring in 2006. Jomar then returned to Manitoba to raise a family and work as a wellness coach. He also supports the local junior team, the @ocnblizzard, through coaching.

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